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Jun 11, 2015 - Sagrada Familia

Internet connection is crap - I have written this entry three times and it keeps dropping out. Journal entries have been slow due to the connection and I am unable to post any pics hopefully I can post pics later on when I have better connection. Sagrada Familia what a great experience - Mark and I went 20 years ago and its great to see how much it has grown since then - Apparently they hope to finish it by 2026 but considering its really only half finished I am siding with the locals and they predict 2040. We were luckily enough to go up...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Barcelona

We are now in Barcelona - Ollie has been looking to this for ages as its his favourite Soccer team - First up we had to head straight to the official merchandising store for the big purchase. Here is Ollies diary for the day. This morning we went to the tourist information to try and get a map. First we went to the Barcelona store I got the best T shirt, pants and socks with Shaw on the t-shirt and the number 11 on the t shirt and shorts. I felt amazed. Then we went to the market it was chockers we tried to find a bagette store but there...

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Jun 3, 2015 - Spain at last

Barcelona 4 Carcassonne was special with one of the most dramatic and complete castles I have seen. Both in size and complexity the castle sets your mind wandering as to how life was in those times. For us though it was a tourist's delight, with good and interesting walking and most importantly great eating . We managed 4 meals out there - a little difficult to light up the stove whilst staying in a monastery. We had taken rooms in a former Abbey for our Sunday of R&R. Slightly spartan - reminiscent of old style RAF Mess accommodation - but...

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May 11, 2015 - Barcelona Spain to Paris France

The ship docked early in Barcelona and we were off it and on our way to Barcelona Sants train station soon thereafter. The train departed at 9:25 but we couldn't board until 9:15 along with a horde of other people. Yet the train was only 5 minutes late leaving. Once on board Richard made the search for the dining car and some food which turned out to be expensive and not so good. However a food cart came through later with better food. The train pulled into Narbonne France about 3 hours later and we sat for an hour with "technical...

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Apr 29, 2015 - Phuket - 2nd day

Yesterday I bumped my toe at the slide in the swimming pool, so had to take it easy today. Started with some quality time in the swimming pool with Matt, Danny Carla and the kids. Afterwards hired a cab from the airport to show around the area, ant take me to the hospital. We started with temples, local one and Chalong temple. Very beautiful! Matt liked to run over there and climb all the stairs. He learned how to go down as well. Afterwards we went to elephant ride, so cool! Matt loved to see so many animals! Later in the day arrived in...

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Apr 24, 2015 - Day 7. Day in Barcelona.

Day 7. 21/4/15. We'd planned on getting up and away early today, but didn't wake till 8.40am. Tonight we'll leave the block-out curtains partly open. And go to bed early. And put the alarm on... We caught the bus to Montjuic which is an old fort overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and many old cannons are still in place as evidence of its use. It was also used as a jail, and many executions took place here. The 360 degree views really show off this wonderful city. We came down on the cable car and got a cab to the port end of la Ramblas, and...

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Apr 22, 2015 - Gaudy Gaudi

I like many different kinds of architecture, but I have to say, my limits were stretched marveling at the productions of Gaudi, his many houses and his mind boggling cathedral Sagrada Familia, more a sand castle than a church. If Victorians thought that more style elements is more, then modernists must think more stuff is more. Two spires not enough, how about 12? Neo Gothic style not enough, how about modernist and post modernist? How about the fruits of the spirit on top of 8 or so lessor spires, depicted as oranges, pomegranates, grapes,...

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Apr 20, 2015 - Day 6. Barcelona.

Day 6. 20/4/15 We crashed last night - too much walking for this old couple! Barcelona works on the hours of about 10am to 2am - very different from what we're used to, but we're learning. We got out of bed about 8.30am, hit the road about 11.30 after a muesli bar and coffee for breakfast. First stop was the Gaudi houses, which are in the upmarket area by the looks of all the specialty shops. Lunch, then on to Sagrada Familia, which has to be seen to be believed. Look it up on the web if you don't know about it - we didn't until Tony told...

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Apr 20, 2015 - Day 5. Paris - Barcelona.

Day 5. 19/4/15. Up at 5am, left the hotel at 5.40. It looked pretty grotty outside the door from the nights goings on and before the hotel staff had swept and cleaned. Cold walk to the station, and no taxi, but managed to hail one, and arrived at Gare de Lyon just before 6am. Found our platform and waited till coffee shop opened at 6.30 to buy breakfast of toasted ham and cheese sandwich - on bread like we have at home! Here a sandwich is a hard roll. By the time we finished eating and walked to the train we had to rush as our carriage...

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Apr 17, 2015 - Flight to Asia

Today we spent the day in the airplane flying to Singapore. Singapore airlines had great service, but the airplane looked a bit old. We luckily had a sit for matteus, so he could sleep and be active at the same time. Even if the flight was in the morning, it was smoother than the one to Europe. 12h flight though a bit long. Met this brave Taiwanese woman travelling alone with 2 babies and no stroller from for-so-bcn-Singapore-Taiwan non-stop. Still breastfeeding. Impressive! And babies behaved so well.

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Apr 16, 2015 - Notario an afternoon shopping

Today it was a crazy day at the Notario. Matt was walking all the time, crying and falling. But everything went fine and finally got the powers done. Liu joined for lunch at Eggs, lovely place in pg de Gracia around Casa fuster. We ended the day with lovely duck at citrus.

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Apr 15, 2015 - Day at UPC

So cool to take the little fellow to UPC. He had a blast, we met Sergio, Eugenio and colleagues from my doctorate time. It was great to see him running where I used to hang during 4 years of my studies. Need to confess it was nostalgic. In the morning we had breakfast at rambla de Catalunya with Rosi

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